Anthony Andrews

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Andrews in 1982 by Allan Warren
Anthony Colin Gerald Andrews

(1948-01-12) 12 January 1948 (age 71)
Finchley, London, England
Georgina Simpson(m. 1971)

Anthony Colin Gerald Andrews [1] (born 12 January 1948) is an English actor best known for his role as Lord Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 ITV miniseries Brideshead Revisited (1981). He is also known for playing the title roles in Ivanhoe , Operation Daybreak and The Scarlet Pimpernel , and for portraying Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in The King's Speech (2010). For his performance in Brideshead Revisited Andrews won a Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award, as well as being nominated for an Emmy.

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Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. It was produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. Most of the serial was directed by Charles Sturridge; a few sequences were directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

<i>Ivanhoe</i> (1982 film) 1982 UK TV film directed by Douglas Camfield

Ivanhoe is a British 1982 television film adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel of the same name. The film was directed by Douglas Camfield, with a screenplay written by John Gay. The film depicts the noble knight Ivanhoe returning home from The Holy Wars and finds himself being involved in a power-struggle for the throne of England.

<i>Operation Daybreak</i> 1975 film by Lewis Gilbert

Operation Daybreak is a 1975 Second World War film based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Starring Anthony Andrews, Timothy Bottoms and Martin Shaw, it was directed by Lewis Gilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It is adapted from the book Seven Men at Daybreak by Alan Burgess.


Life and career

Andrews was born in London, the son of Geraldine Agnes (née Cooper), a dancer, and Stanley Thomas Andrews, an arranger and conductor for the BBC. [1] He grew up in the North Finchley district of London. At the age of eight he undertook dancing lessons, making his stage debut as the White Rabbit in a stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland . [2]

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North Finchley is a suburb of London in the London Borough of Barnet, situated 7 miles (11.3 km) north-west of Charing Cross.

After a series of short term "fill-in" jobs that included catering, farming and journalism, he secured a position at the Chichester Theatre where he worked as an assistant stage manager and later as a stand-in producer. He auditioned in 1968 for a production of Alan Bennett's new play, Forty Years On , which featured John Gielgud as the headmaster of a British public school during the First World War period. Andrews was cast as Skinner, one of twenty schoolboys. In 1974 he played Lord Robert, Marquis of Stockbridge in the TV series Upstairs, Downstairs . In 1975 he had a leading role in the Spanish film Las adolescentes (The Adolescents), opposite Koo Stark. [3]

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In June 1977, he was cast in the role of Bodie in the ITV series The Professionals . However, after three days of filming, the creator and producer Brian Clemens felt that the chemistry between Andrews and Martin Shaw (Doyle) did not work and that "the pair did not have the required undercurrent of menace to carry off the concept". Lewis Collins replaced Andrews in the part. [4] Following that, in 1979, Andrews was the main star of the ITV television series Danger UXB , in which he played a British bomb disposal officer in the London Blitz. [5] The series first aired in the United Kingdom in 1979 on the ITV network.

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His subsequent work includes the leading role of Lord Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited . [5] In 1982, he won a Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award for his performance and was nominated for an Emmy Award. In the United States, Andrews is best known for his portrayal of the titular character in Ivanhoe as well as that of Sir Percy Blakeney in the 1982 film The Scarlet Pimpernel . [5]

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<i>The Scarlet Pimpernel</i> (1982 film) 1982 film by Clive Donner

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1982 British romantic adventure film set during the French Revolution. It is based on the novels The Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, and stars Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy Blakeney/the Scarlet Pimpernel, the protagonist, Jane Seymour as Marguerite St. Just, the love interest, and Ian McKellen as Chauvelin, the antagonist.

He played Professor Higgins in a stage version of My Fair Lady (2001), and Count Fosco in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White . [6]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and "Memory" from Cats. In 2001 The New York Times referred to him as "the most commercially successful composer in history". Ranked the "fifth most powerful person in British culture" by The Daily Telegraph in 2008, the lyricist Don Black stated "Andrew more or less single-handedly reinvented the musical."

<i>The Woman in White</i> (musical) musical

The Woman in White is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel with a book by Charlotte Jones, based on the novel The Woman in White written by Wilkie Collins, and elements of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens. It ran for nineteen months in the West End and three months on Broadway, making it one of Lloyd Webber's shortest-running shows.

He was the narrator for a 21st Anniversary BBC Radio 2 special broadcast of Cameron Mackintosh's musical Les Misérables , sung by the then West End cast at the Mermaid Theatre in London on Sunday 8 October 2006. Andrews appeared as Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the 2010 film The King's Speech , for which he won a SAG Award along with Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush and Timothy Spall.

Andrews survived a case of water intoxication in 2003. The condition, known as hyponatraemia, is caused by the dilution of sodium in the body. It has similar symptoms to dehydration, such as headaches, nausea and cramps. Whilst performing as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Andrews would consume up to eight litres of water a day. He lost consciousness and spent three days in intensive care. [7]

He married Georgina Simpson of the Simpsons of Piccadilly department store family. Their daughter Amy is a god-daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal. [8]

Selected filmography


1972A Day OutBrother
1974 Percy's Progress Catchpole
1974 Take Me High Hugo Flaxman
1975 The Adolescents  [ es ]Jimmy
1975 Operation Daybreak Jozef Gabcik
1981 Mistress of Paradise Buckley
1982 Ivanhoe Wilfred of Ivanhoe
1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Blakeney
1983 Sparkling Cyanide Tony Browne
1984 Under the Volcano Hugh Firmin
1985 The Holcroft Covenant Johann von Tiebolt / Jonathan Tennyson
1987 The Lighthorsemen Maj. Richard Meinertzhagen
1987 The Second Victory Maj. Hanlon
1988BluegrassMichael Fitzgerald
1988 Hanna's War McCormack
1990 Hands of a Murderer Professor Moriarty
1991 Lost in Siberia Andrei Miller
1995 Haunted Robert Mariell
1997 Mothertime Robin
2000 David Copperfield Edward Murdstone
2010 The King's Speech Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


1968 The Wednesday Play Harry
1972 Dixon of Dock Green Paul Richards
1972 Doomwatch Carlos
1972 Follyfoot Lord Beck
1972 A War of Children Reg HoggAmerican (CBS) TV film set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles
1972Thirty-Minute TheatreMichael Warren / Vernon WarrenEpisode "The Judge's Wife"
1974The Fortunes of NigelSir Nigel Olifaunt
1974 QB VII Stephen Kelno
1974 The Pallisers Lord Silverbridge
1974 David Copperfield James Steerforth
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs Lord Robert Stockbridge / The Marquis of Stockbridge
1976 The Duchess of Duke Street Marcus Carrington
1976–1977 Play of the Month Various charactersIn "French Without Tears", "London Assurance", and "The Country Wife"
1977 Wings Lt. Walker
1977ITV Sunday Night DramaHarryEpisode "A Superstition"
1978Romeo and JulietMercutio BBC Television Shakespeare
1979 Danger UXB Brian Ash
1981 The Love Boat Tony Selkirk
1981 Brideshead Revisited Lord Sebastian Flyte British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1984 Play for Today John LoomisEpisode "Z for Zachariah"
1985 A.D. Nero
1988 American Playhouse Johnnie AysgarthEpisode "Suspicion"
1988 The Woman He Loved King Edward VIII
1989A Fine RomanceMichael Trent
1989 Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine Elliot Blake
1989 Nightmare Classics Dr. Jekyll / Mr. HydeEpisode "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
1992 Jewels William Whitfield
1992Screen TwoChristopher Edwardes
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Luke Crossland
1996 Tales from the Crypt JonathanEpisode "About Face"
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Boy
2003 Cambridge Spies King George VI
2004 Rosemary & Thyme Richard OakleyEpisode "The Invisible Worm"
2006 Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tommy Beresford
2012 Birdsong Colonel Barclay
2015 The Syndicate Lord Hazelwood


Theatrical roles

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